Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.

In This We Believe at Way Elementary

  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

Making Our Thinking Visible

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade


Art in the Hills

Dear Way Families,

If you haven't had the opportunity of attending Art in the Hills at the Bloomfield Township Library, Way is well represented by over 20 students. The work is on display now through May 26. Be sure to scan the QR codes on each piece of art to hear the artist's statement. If you can't make it, we've included our student work here, but it's terrific to see how the art in our district evolves over time. Congratulations to Mrs. Molnar and all of our terrific young artists. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Adam Scher, Principal

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Way's Duct Tape Challenge

We are happy to announce Way's First Duct Tape Challenge. We will be duct taping either Mr. Scher or Mrs. Payne to the wall. YOU DECIDE!  Vote from May 21st to 31st. Each vote will cost $1 and will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their fight against blood cancer! Also, 10 lucky people who voted for the winner will get to help us do the taping. Winners will be announced Friday June 1st. Then JOIN US for Family Fun Night and get your picture taken with the winner for just $5.  Send in your money with YOUR NAME and the name of the person you want duct taped. Each $1 is a vote and an entry into getting to help us tape them up. So $20 is 20 votes and 20 entries into getting to help with the duct tape. Join us and have some fun while we help fight blood cancers!

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Fun at Book Fairs!

"The Book Fair looked so cool in the Media Center!" Noah Sheridan, a Lone Pine 2nd grader, shares.  "I visited with my sister, brother, mom and dad for Family Night. I bought She Persisted Around The World for Mrs. Lockledge's classroom, and bought some books for myself too."  Teachers make wish lists for their classroom libraries, and students can purchase books for themselves and their classes at the fair.  Thanks to all the volunteers who help make our Book Fairs successful!

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Way News 1/12/18

Dear Way Families,

Please take the time to read these two important pieces:

When entering the building, it's vital that you check in with the office before heading to a classroom. We are responsible for our students' safety and we take that responsibility seriously. From time to time a parent will take their child out of the classroom without first checking in at the front office. This can result in confusion during dismissal and slows our process down considerably. We also prefer calling students down to the office so as to create the least disruption to classroom learning.

With bad weather conditions, buses may arrive later to the building. Unfortunately, some families are not obeying the rules of the bus loop, so I want to remind everyone that we have a dedicated drop off and pick up spot for students. Do not use the bus loop for drop off or pick up. Additionally, if you are stopped and told to return to the drop off site, please head out to Long Lake and start the process all over again. Driving the wrong way back into the parking lot is dangerous.

Safety is always our first concern. Tending to these two details will help to ensure safety.

Enjoy your weekend,

Adam Scher
Way Elementary
A School of Visible Thinking
"Enabling students to become architects of their futures"

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A Friday Night Out

In need of a Friday night out? Bloomfield Recreation has you covered! Your child will enjoy the Friday Craft Night and/or the Friday Night Freak Out, held on several days in February, March, May, and June from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. while you enjoy dinner out on the town!

In the Friday Craft Night, students will enjoy using clay, paint, and new techniques to make projects that they will then take home at the end of class. In the Friday Night Freak Out, students will dance under disco lights, work on tumbling, braid hair, and much more!

Siblings can register at a reduced rate by asking the recreation team. Please bring $1 for a pizza dinner. Space is limited. Register at or call 248.433.0885.

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A Note from the Way PTO

Dear Families,

Welcome to Way Elementary! For those of you who are new to this school, we warmly welcome you into this big family.  
If you are new, we have a Way mentor to help you navigate our school and community. Please reach out to Lisa Grabowski via email at or 734.612.7880 for any help acclimating.

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Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses